Welcome to the November Edition of Falcon Focus
This e-newsletter is provided to parents to keep you apprised of  CHS events and activities throughout the year.

In this edition, please find information on various activities around the high school, the introduction of your Interim District Administrator,  and more..
Lisa Albrecht Principal

From the desk of Lisa Albrecht...

I would like to take time to highlight an exceptional extra-curricular program , Drama Club, which too often does not get the attention and accolades it deserves. Under the supervision of Mr. Michael Klimzak, who came to Central in the fall of 2012, drama students have put together award-winning productions that are of exceptional quality and thoroughly entertaining. Central is very fortunate to have so many experienced and dedicated adults, who are fully committed to the drama program. Students involved in the program flourish as they experience the many facets of a theatrical production. At performances, the behind the scenes whirlwind of student activity related to sound, lighting and scene creation amazes me. Costumes are first class and the students who serve as make-up artists bring all the characters to life. All of these behind the scene elements beautifully come together to allow the story to unfold on stage as the actors display their great talents.
If you have been to one of Central's drama shows, you know what I am talking about and can definitely support this shout-out. However, if you have never attended a drama production, don't miss out on this delightful and entertaining experience. In fact, mark your calendar for the weekend of November 15-17, when Central's talented drama students, along with student musicians will perform the musical Once Upon a Mattress. I can guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy the production and it will be one more example of how our students are Falcon Awesome!
Welcome Interim District Administrator

Milton Thompson has been selected to serve as interim district administrator at Central High School, starting in November. Thompson said he is looking forward to helping WCHS determine its trajectory for the future as the Board of Education works to fill the position permanently. "I want to do whatever I can to help the district find someone who is aligned with the goals the district is setting through its strategic planning," Thompson said. "I intend to be highly visible and am looking forward to helping the district with this transition."

Thompson, a former district administrator in Beloit, North Chicago and Pulaski, who lives in Kenosha and most recently served as an interim district administrator in Clinton, was one of three finalists named for the interim post. Thompson will work alongside Dr. Scott Pierce until he retires from the post Dec. 31, after 11 years. "He was a mentor of mine and became a friend," Thompson said of Pierce, with whom he worked in the Kenosha Unified School District.

Please welcome Milt to Central.
District Administrator Search

During the month of November, the school board will begin their search for the next district administrator for Central. The Board has employed the services of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to assist them in the process.

There is a need for representatives from the various stakeholder groups to be a part of the process. If you would like to be considered as a participant in the search either serving on a focus group or one of the interview teams, please contact Administrative Assistant Kim Hole at: HoleK@westosha.k12.wi.us   for more information on the process and your possible interest in serving.
                             
Advanced Placement Exam Registration
 to Begin November 1st  
 
It's time for Central's Advanced Placement (AP) students to register for their AP exams. AP exams are developed by the College Board and are the culminating experience of each course. Students are strongly encouraged to take the exams to derive the greatest benefits of AP coursework. Most colleges award credit for exams earning a 3 or better. The cost for each exam is $94.00. Students qualifying for free or reduced lunch are exempt from exam fees. You can learn more about AP exams at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home.

Exam registration will take place online from November 5 th through November 30 th. You may pay for exams online through Infinite Campus starting Monday, December 10 th. If paying by check, please make payable to Central High School and submit to Mrs. Haluzak in the District Office. Payments are due no later than January 11 th unless other arrangements have been made. Please go to www.westosha.k12.wi.us and click on CHS Families to access the registration link.

For questions, please contact Gail Netzer-Jensen at 262-843-2321 ext. 263, netzerjenseng@westosha.k12.wi.us, or Michelle Haluzak at ext. 234, haluzakm@westosha.k12.wi.us.

School Leaders Participate in School Violence Threat Assessment
Team Training

C entral High School staff members Peter Haubrich, Kevin Kirch, Sean Leavy, Sheree Pfeuffer, Tim Merrill and David Wright participated in a school violence threat assessment team training on October 24, 2018 in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The training was hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety. The goal of this training is to increase the level of school safety, security and impro ve t he school's response to threats of school violence.

This training explained who should be part of a school violence threat assessment team, the intent behind threat assessment tools such as the "Violence Risk Assessment", how to assess the risk level associated with a threat, and how to determine the appropriate response to a specific threat.

The training included the FBI's approach to threat assessments that ranks threats at a low level of risk, medium level of risk and high level of risk. And the training educated Central High School staff members on the four pronged threat assessment that includes personality, family dynamics, school dynamics, social dynamics.

This training will help the Central High School staff in screening, investigating and documenting potential situations of targeted school violence. At Central High School we have already implemented many of the components and best practices that were described at the team training. Following the training we will review our current policies and tools to ensure that our team continues to provide the safest and most positive climate for teaching and learning.
      From The IT Department

We are excited to inform you Infinite Campus has two new and improved mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Video Overview. Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements and more. If you are using the old Infinite Campus app, please download the new app. The old app will no longer be supported.


November 12 - 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
High School Gymnasium
Veteran's Day Assembly

On November 12th, 2018, Central High School will be paying tribute to those men and women who have served our country in the past, those who are active today, and those who will serve in the future by hosting a Veteran's Day Assembly in the school Gymnasium from 2:00-2:45 pm. We ask that all parents and Veterans who plan to attend the event check in with the attendance office located on the North end of the school (Highway 50 side) prior to the start of the assembly.

Included in the assembly will be performances from the CHS band and choir and personal stories of service and sacrifice from our guest speakers: Corporal Larry Bychowski, US Army Retired and Captain Jeffrey Zeller, US Navy. For more information about the event, please contact 
Peter Haubrich at haubrichp@westosha.k12.wi.us .


      Falcon Focus is Your E-Newsletter

The Central High School Strategic Plan identified as one of its specific results to improve communications with our families. The Falcon Focus was first introduced to families in the fall of  2015.  Over the time this e-newsletter has been published, we have provided important information, all in an effort to keep our families apprised of the many activities at Central.
This November edition will be this editors' final edition as I step aside and your new Interim District Administrator will take over the publication. It has been an honor to provide this publication to our families. It is our hope that you have found this publication beneficial. If you wish to contact the editor, contact Milt Thompson at thompsonm@westosha.k12.wi.us for future editions.
Central High School District of Westosha Non-Discrimination Statement 
The Board of Education does not discriminate in the employment of administrative staff on the basis of the Protected Classes of race, color, national origin, age, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity), pregnancy, creed or religion, genetic information, handicap or disability, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, military service (as defined in 111.32, Wis. Stats.), national origin, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, use or non-use of lawful products off the District's premises during non-working hours, declining to attend an employer-sponsored meeting or to participate in any communication with the employer about religious matters or political matters, or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment practices.